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8:55 PM ET, June 26, 2012


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NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney remain in dead heat  —  By NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray  —  President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remain locked in a tight contest, with each candidate displaying significant strengths and weaknesses four months …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: If health law invalidated, Obama's first term was a waste  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney argued Tuesday that if the president's signature healthcare legislation was overturned Thursday by the Supreme Court, it would mean that President Obama's first term was a waste.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney “willing to risk being one-term president”: Portman
Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: More would be pleased if health law ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Instapundit
Los Angeles Times:
After winning right to spend, political groups fight for secrecy
Discussion: Politico
Pema Levy /
TPM2012  —  Claire McCaskill Will Not Attend Democratic National Convention  —  Claire McCaskill will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, a McCaskill aide confirmed to TPM Tuesday.  McCaskill joins a list of vulnerable Democratic politicians whose home districts …
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats May Drop Speedway Event At Charlotte Convention
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Democrats Cancel Speedway Event at Charlotte Convention
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul Fetal Personhood Amendment Stalls Flood Insurance Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Rand Paul, Video, Floods, Floods, Flood Insurance Bill, Rand Paul Abortion, Rand Paul Abortion Amendment, Rand Paul Fetal Personhood, Rand Paul Personhood, Politics News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell say they have a deal on student loan interest rates  —  Senate leaders say they have a deal on student loan legislation, pending approval by House Republicans, who have unexpectedly balked at Senate deals before.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Flood insurance bill snag: Abortion  —  The Senate's flood insurance program looked like it was headed toward smooth passage - but now, there appears to be an abortion-related wrinkle.  —  Yes, abortion.  —  That's at least according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid vows to block vote on Paul's ‘life at conception’ amendment to flood bill
Discussion: Guardian and Wonkette
White House: Donors Weren't Booing Obama  —  Booo-urns!  They “were saying ‘Yoooook and not Booo’ for God's sake,” Jay Carney says.  —  Source:  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that Boston donors to President Barack Obama campaign's booed the president …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: Boston donors weren't booing Obama, they were saying ‘Yoooook’
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Boston crowd boos Obama over Red Sox comment
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Natashajaynesmith / natasha smith:
“Please God.  Please make it stop.”  —  I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.  —  The atmosphere was one of jubilation, excitement, and happiness as I walked, accompanied by two male companions for safety along Kasr El Nil bridge.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Senator Suggests Impeaching Obama Over Immigration Policies  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) floated the possibility of impeaching President Obama over the administration's recent decisions on immigration, during an appearance on Bill Bennett's radio show on Tuesday.
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Jon Kyl Blames Obama For Failure Of Immigration Reform Under Bush
Discussion: Taking Note and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Federal Court Upholds EPA's Global Warming Rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming.  —  The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and various states …
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA wins big in court challenge on greenhouse gases
Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa's Ashes On Floor  —  Indianapolis Man Furious Over Treatment At Florida Airport Checkpoint  —  INDIANAPOLIS — A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden: Romney is a job creator in India, China  —  Waterloo, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden took Mitt Romney's central weapon in his White House bid - his time as a businessman - and used it as political ammunition against Romney on Tuesday.  —  “You got to give Romney credit,” Biden said.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McDonnell goes silent on vice presidential questions
Discussion: Reuters
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google scientists find evidence of machine learning  —  A neural network created by connecting 16,000 computer processors appears to support biologists' theories on how the human brain identifies objects.  Hint: It's all about the cats.  —  Follow @stevenmusil
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Agonist
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
SCOTUS to rule on military lying  —  Is falsely claiming to be a military hero a white lie or theft?  SCOTUS decides Thursday.  Reuters  —  Close  —  The Supreme Court's got more than health care left to decide, including a case about whether it's a crime to lie about being a military hero.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown, Warren tied  —  PPP's newest poll on the Massachusetts Senate race finds it dead even, with Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown both at 46%.  Warren's now been at that exact same 46% mark in three PPP polls in a row dating back to last September.  Brown's increased his support from levels …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Classic of Inversion  —  I thought reading John Rocker's WND op-ed would be the most disturbing chore I undertook today.  But no, I then stumbled on this:  —  If for some reason you can't access this video, it's an ad from famous African-American right-wingers Ken Blackwell …
Hoover Institution:
A Taste of Government-Run Healthcare  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  The FDA is a bureaucratic behemoth that threatens public health, stifles drug innovation, and keeps costs high.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels  —  Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
3 Charts Explaining How Moms and Dads Balance Work and Family  —  Anne-Marie Slaughter's controversial cover story for The Atlantic this month acknowledges a simple point: There is a “family cost” to your career and a “career cost” to your family.  Time is finite, even if our ambitions aren't.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
George Zimmerman Passed Police Lie Detector Test Day After Trayvon Martin Killing  —  A day after killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman passed a police lie detector test when asked if he confronted the teenager and whether he feared for his life “when you shot the guy,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors.
Associated Press:
Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. — President Barack Obama's campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year's election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.  —  Thousands of attorneys and support staffers …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Pay Those Bills On Time Or Forfeit Right To Vote  —  If the 2012 general election winds up as a close GOP win, the odds are very high that the national GOP drive to restrict the franchise will deserve significant credit or blame.  You tend to think, quite rightly, of Florida as Ground zero …
Did Arizona Senate Candidate Jeff Flake Lobby For Apartheid In South Africa?  —  Congressman and Arizona Senate candidate testified in support of South Africa's Apartheid government in 1987.  —  Source:  —  Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, who is running for Senate in Arizona …
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
Some Democrats may follow NRA and support contempt  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the politically potent National Rifle Association is keeping score, some Democrats may join House Republicans if there's a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute …
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Women's Health Issues Create Surprising Vulnerability For Eric Cantor's Reelection Bid
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Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Sarah van Gelder / The Huffington Post:
How to Save Our Homes  —  Foreclosure Crisis , Housing Crisis …
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Arizona implements immigration law as feds push back
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Rate of Killings Rises 38 Percent in Chicago in 2012
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Hits 21-Year Ratings Low in Second Quarter
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Obese adults should get counseling, federal task force says
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Rush Limbaugh
Simon McCormack / The Huffington Post:
Xavius Scullark-Johnson, Prisoner, Dies After He's Denied Health Care
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
The U-Va. president drama: Is it the Queen Bee scenario?
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes and Althouse
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
George Washington's individual mandates
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Power of the Particular
Paul Werdel / Talking Points Memo:
Stuck In A Box  —  Want to better understand the bind Mitt Romney …